Are standards and regulations a kind of law?
posted 3 years ago
Are standards and regulations, which are mostly adopted at the international level, a sort of law?
For instance, aerospace standards provide that a company could be prosecuted if it did not follow particular standards. But is the standard law, or is there always a separate national law that says; you must abide by this standard?
Article 38 (1) of the International Court of Justice enumerates the main sources of the international law as follows:
- international conventions, whether general or particular, establishing rules expressly recognized by the contesting states;
- international custom, as evidence of a general practice accepted as law;
- the general principles of law recognized by civilized nations;
Other non-obligatory sources are considered soft law.